Mimi the mermaid in a fish bowl

Hello Friends, How are you today?? I hope this adorable Mimi will cool you off or make you feel cooler. It's been so HOT here that I think I could fry an egg on the sidewalk. How are you keeping cool during this heat wave??
Splish Splash

I love this transparent set too. 

Are you interested in how I created this fishbowl? It's super easy!
First stamp the "Delicate Pattern" background stamp onto your yellow papers with Spiced Marmalade. Stamp the inside and place your sentiment.
This SRM sticker was perfect for the inside.

Stamp this globe from Penny Black with Memento. Draw an arc with a pencil and cut off to create the top of the fish bowl.
Color the globe with Booo & Boo. Color the fish with Y38& YR04.

Add some Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy distress ink to the bowl & base with a dauber.
Lay some paper down to create a mask to create the waves and distress with Tumbled Glass.

Flip your mask over for the second layer placing your mask further down toward the bottom. Use a  darker blue distress ink. I used Broken China.

 This is the end result.
 Color the second image you stamped with E30 & RV10.
 Add some color where you will pop the mermaid and add some white dots on the fish.
 Color her hair with E08 & Y38. Nothing like a red head mermaid. :)
Highlight her scales, hair and the fish with a glitter pen. I love this one because it's so smooth and shows more than the Copic ones. I wish you could see the glittery accents on the final card but, I :)
Add scrap dots to the back of Mimi and place her on the fish bowl. When dry adhere to your card.
If you haven't tried "Scrap Dots" you won't be sorry. Next time you order you might want to give them a try. I need to order some more.
Thank you I am always grateful for your visit. Hugs, Kathy



Sympathy Card & a CHA tid bit

Hello!! Hello, my friends! Sorry I stranded you for so long. I think this absence was a record for me. It was so crazy before leaving for CHA I didn't have time to prepare a post. I hope you have been checking out the Penny Black Blog?? This week they are giving away stamps so you might want to stop by and leave a comment :)
Sympathy card
I glued a page from a vintage book onto some card stock to give the vintage paper some strength & then stamped onto the paper. I cut apart the sections of the umbrella and distressed it before adding gluing it to my card base. The sentiment is from SRM stickers available here and soon Simons Says Stamp will be carrying them!! I know many people love shopping at Simon Says because of they have the best international rates, they pack a little surprise inside and they send you a $5.00  coupon to use on your next purchase. I also think it's so cool how they are so environmentally friendly they way they pack their products and what they do in their warehouse. 

I am showing you this photo for two reasons. The first reason it not to trash your mess ups. I positioned the airplane wrong but, decided so save it anyway and ended up using it for this card. (a nice time saver) The second reason is that I sketched some cones and balls for bushes in front of the buildings. I love this "Cityscape" stamps & reach for it often. Here is one of my favorite cards I created with this Cityscape....and this


Look close at these "butons" I created with enamel accents.  I squeezed a nice blob of black enamel on his jacket and let it dry over night. The next day I added white enamel on top of the black. In person it's nice and defined and realistic. This layered look also works great for eyes. I also used the enamel accents on the bears eye.


The rain was stamped with this in distress ink. I colored his jacket with Copic markers and then to apply texture I blotted with a rag and blending solution. Lots of Glossy Accents on the jacket once the blending solution dried.

Sympathy card

One of my favorite parts of CHA in the summer is the beginning of the show. I love how these bag pipers parade around playing their beautiful music. I find it so moving that I just had to share with you. I hope you are making happy memories this summer. Thanks YOU for visiting. Hugs, Kathy

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